Over the course of the researching process, I have learned a lot about my topic of genetic engineering and have been able to formulate a stronger point of view on the subject, as well as lots of knowledge regarding the different sides of the discussion.
I started out with a vague inkling as to what I wanted to say, and which side I was on, but I wasn’t so sure as to any strong evidence to really support the information that I had come across somehow, and I couldn’t really refute the opposition as I was talking, because I had no idea what their thinking was or what they used for evidence to support their side.
So once I got into the research part of it, I started to learn more about the subject, I started to come across the many different layers and complexities surrounding the entirety of the development of the technology. I learned about all the specific ways that scientists are utilizing the different forms of genetic engineering technology, in all sorts of far out fields.
They are working with trying to combat disease through engineering human cells in labs to show the effects of certain diseases to study the disease more in depth, and how it affects the human cell without having to depend on a living sick person. They are also working to engineer animals to test the diseases for their causes or trying to get rid of diseases by getting rid of the animals, such as mosquitos carrying malaria or Zika, that carry the diseases.
They can also use genetic engineering indirectly modifying DNA to get rid of genetic diseases that can be plaguing people, or controlling animals to learn more about the brain. They can also take to agriculture in modifying plants to be more efficient in growing food, being more nutritious, and more environmentally friendly, which are very important concern that scientists are trying to combat for the near future. But along with these positives that came from genetic engineering, I also came to see, and understand, some of the concerns that people have over the use of such technology.
The fears of who controls it, what things can be done with the technology, and the ethical and moral issues that come with such power and ability to alter the very makeup of what an organism is. This gives me a more in depth view of what has been in the discussion for a long time, and how more I can contribute to this. But I will still have to look into a survey of what people still think in the present about this topic, and what the views are outside of the US since many other countries have their own very distinct views on this topic that might be different from how the US views genetic engineeringTags: genetic engineering genetic modification genetics Okemos High School